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Junior Naturalist Program

Junior Naturalist Program

As part of the Junior Naturalist program, kids 7-12 years old, participate in several different activities to earn a certificate, gold seal and embroidered patch. Activities highlight the park's resources through guided nature hikes, recreational activities, evening programs, and other fun and educational offerings.

Participants will receive a Junior Naturalist Guidebook packed with fun activities that guide kids as they learn about Custer State Park and its heritage.

To earn an embroidered patch, a series of activities and a Junior Naturalist Hour is required of each participant. During the summer season, qualifying activities are held daily in the park.

Pups Program

The Pups Program is designed to help 4-6 year olds learn more about nature and Custer State Park. Similar to the Junior Naturalist Program, there are requirements for the kids to complete in order to earn an embroidered patch for their hard work. Qualifying activities are held daily in the park during the summer season.

Activity Schedule

Programs are held late May through early September and many start at the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center.

Junior Naturalist Program Hour

Daily 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Wildlife Loop Road Caravan

9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Patio Activities

Daily 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Story of the Bison

Daily 1 p.m.

Guided Nature Walk

Daily at various times

Hook 'em and Cook 'em Fishing

Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. from June to mid-August

Wildlife Talk

Saturday - Monday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from June to mid-August

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Custer State Park offers a geocache scavenger hunt every year. The hunt begins on April 1 and ends on October 31. Participants who successfully answer the treasure hunt questions will be entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes.

Download Scavenger Hunt